Saturday 24 March 2018

Hurling needs new 'advantage' rule – Ollie Canning

Ollie Canning in action for his club Portumna
Ollie Canning in action for his club Portumna

John Fallon

Former All Star defender Ollie Canning believes a proper advantage rule needs to be brought into hurling.

Canning said referees need to have the power to call back play for a free if a team does not get a clear advantage when one of their players is fouled.

The former Galway star, a member of the Hurling 2020 committee chaired by Liam Sheedy, said there are increasing incidents where a fouled player does not get an advantage.

The most recent was last weekend when Cork referee Colm Lyons played advantage when Waterford's Liam Lawlor pulled on the jersey of Conor McDonald of Wexford who offloaded to Podge Doran but the shot went wide.

"We need to get to a stage where in that sort of incident the ref can whistle play back and award a free. There should not be any reward for fouling.

"It happens most of the time with forwards. The referee wants to let play run, but when it becomes apparent a moment later that there is no advantage there is nothing he can do.

"There should be a short time when the referee can let the play flow and then go back for a free," he said.

Canning is urging GAA supporters to participate in an online survey set up by the Hurling 2020 committee and make their views known.


"People have great ideas, you get it at matches all the time, people suggesting this or that, that's why it is important we receive all of those viewpoints as we try and shape the game in the future. This is a chance for people to get their views across on what is right and what needs to be changed."

Meanwhile, Antrim manager Kevin Ryan has lambasted the Ulster Council for bringing forward the provincial U-21 HC final to accommodate a club reserve football match.

His team beat Down by a whopping 30 points, but he still said the decision to move throw-in forward to 7.0 mid-week, and play it as a curtain-raiser for an Armagh IFC reserve championship decider between Silverbridge and St Peter's, was "an absolute disgrace."

"The venue was fine, it's the timing of the game. We have an official letter, all games (are at) half-seven, because U-21 fellows are working, it's not minor. There's lads out of pocket, there's lads under pressure," Ryan said.

Antrim, who reached a first ever All-Ireland U-21 HC final last year, await the winners of next week's Munster final between Clare and Cork. l Galway club Dunmore MacHales are staging a fundraising initiative for Pieta House tomorrow when two club members will play a hole of golf at 18 different Connacht golf clubs.

Former goalkeeper Vincent Mullin and Ollie Turner, sports anchor at Galway Bay FM, will undertake the 'Drive for Pieta House West' and visit several clubs during the day before finishing at Dunmore Demense GC that evening. A bucket collection is planned at all clubs.

Irish Independent

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